For the Development and Operations Manager of Wairarapa Cricket, Simon Roseingrave, winning New Zealand Cricket’s Initiative in Women’s Cricket Award is the icing on a rapidly expanding cake for the female side of the game in our province.
Roseingrave returned last week from Auckland where he attended the New Zealand Cricket Awards Dinner and was presented with his Trophy. Initiative in Women’s Cricket is one of five major Amateur categories judged each year. All of New Zealand’s six major Associations nominate one club / school or individual from within their geographical bounds, and Central Districts decided that Roseingrave was the most deserving from all of their eight member districts.
The confirmation from NZ Cricket Headquarters that Roseingrave had won the Award for his work in developing the female game in the Wairarapa came as a welcome surprise.
“It vindicates the efforts that have been put in over the last three years to really develop Girls cricket in our province. Not only have CD noted the good work, now New Zealand Cricket has as well, over and above the other five major first class associations. Attending the NZ Cricket Awards is a once in a lifetime opportunity, particularly in a World Cup hosting year, and being able to soak up the vibe from such a successful team was fantastic.”
In an official release, Ed Shuttleworth the General Manager of Amateur Cricket noted that New Zealand Cricket would like to thank Simon Roseingrave and Wairarapa Cricket Association for their contribution to the women’s game and offer congratulations on winning the 2014 Best Women’s Initiative Award. To increase participation by 150% and to develop representative teams is outstanding and we thank you for your hard work and commitment.
Most people in New Zealand would hold the view that Women’s Cricket is very much a minority sport, however within Wairarapa the numbers participating and succeeding could change this perception. The Wairarapa JCB, which Roseingrave oversees, includes junior club and secondary school teams. There are 55 teams across all competitions of which 10 are female only sides. There are 523 registered junior cricketers and 30% (153) of these are Girls. “The structure for females in our game continues to grow, and this has all come about through Strategic Planning and hard work. There are more coaches becoming involved in the Girls game, and more and more players wanting to participate in our expanding representative structure.”
In 2014/15 Wairarapa has been able to field two female representative sides, the U/15 Girls and Development Girls Teams, where Roseingrave has received able assistance from new coach Nick Glennie. The Wairarapa U/15 Girls side competed with distinction against opposition from both Central Districts and Wellington. A 5th placing at the CD selection tournament saw wins over Manawatu and Wellington, and further wins against Hutt Districts and Manawatu (again) completed the season. Coupled with two very close losses to Hawkes Bay– off the last ball in a 20/20 game at the CD tournament and by 4 runs in a post-Christmas fixture in Hastings, the season can only be termed a success. Individual highlights included Annissa Greenlees completing a 50 run, 5 wicket double at QE II Oval versus Manawatu.
The Development Girls team is made up of cricketers Year 8 and below, who compete on a Saturday morning against local JCB boys club sides, and dipped their toes in the water with representative fixtures against both Hutt Districts and Wellington U/13, which saw a win and a loss respectively.
At the moment Wairarapa also has three of its female cricketing products playing at the first class level: Elizabeth Perry (who is also a past White-fern) with the Wellington Blaze, and Melissa Hansen and Anlo van Deventer with the Central Districts Hinds. “These players have made their way to the very top through hard-work and no amount of ability. They also did this before we really had any significant development structures in place specifically for Women’s Cricket.” stated Roseingrave.
Looking to the future, Roseingrave hopes that the Girls game will continue to grow in Schools. Both MIS & St Mary’s (Carterton) have expressed an interest in participating in the National Active Post Shield competition, whilst a new 2nd XI Hardball competition for Colleges, complementing the existing 1st XI Girls teams, has been mooted. Wairarapa will be also fielding three female representative sides in the 2015/16 season. Both the U/15 and Development Girls teams will continue with their progress, whilst a new Secondary Schools Girls side will be competing against CD opposition in a National tournament held in Whanganui in January.
Roseingrave notes that “Next season Wairarapa will be the only province of the eight in Central Districts capable of fielding three distinct junior female representative sides. For this season only Wellington and the Hutt were able to field U/15 and Development teams against us at the same time. When you consider our population base it is something that Wairarapa Cricket, and the Wairarapa in general can be proud of”.